Rescue Cooperation

Joint Committee on Rescue Cooperation in the Barents Region

Risk scenarios for major accidents, natural disasters, and man-made emergencies show many similarities in the Barents Region. There are long distances between economic centres, sparsely populated rural communities, limited rescue personnel and equipment, and restricted means for transport and hospital resources available in case of larger accidents.

In this environment, the Joint Committee on Rescue Cooperation is working to make most of the widely dispersed resources in the region.
The aim is to improve the possibilites of the rescue service agencies to cooperate across the national, federal and regional borders on emergency and rescue issues in the Barents Region.

The cooperation makes it possible to provide assistance more efficiently, faster and at lower operating cost. As a result, direct access to additional resources and specialised functions in neighbouring countries can be assured and preparedness and prevention measures can be co-ordinated.

The focus of the cooperation is on day-to-day emergency situations, such as traffic accidents, forest fires, tourism related accidents, floods, ice plugs and industrial and chemical accidents. 

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The Joint Committee in Oulu, April 2017

The objectives and scope of the cooperation have been defined in the Agreement on Cooperation within the field of Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response, which is available in  
EnglishFinnish, NorwegianSwedish and Russian.

To provide guidance in the implementation of the agreement, the Committee has developed an operational tool, the Barents Joint Rescue Manual. The latest version of the Manual (revised December 2017) can be found here

The Committee has one subgroup, the Planning and Evaluation Group (PEWG), which assists the Committee in its work and represents it in the planning processes of the main events, such as the Barents Rescue Exercises. The Terms of Reference and contact information for the PEWG can be found here

Barents Rescue Exercises

One of the core activities of the rescue cooperation are the biennal Barents Rescue Exercises, organized in the country of the respective BEAC Chairmanship. Read more about the recent and coming exercises from the links below.

Agencies and Ministries represented in the Joint Committee:


Per Olaf Torkildsen (Chair) 
Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security
Tel: +47 22245136, +47 91742317 

Bente Jonassen
Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre Northern Norway
Tel: +47  75559300, +47 95176522

Anders Gundersen 
Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency 
Tel: +47 33412734, +47 93093093 

Tiina Peltola-Lampi 
Ministry of the Interior
Tel: +358 718788444, +358 404560806

Wivi-Ann Wagello-Sjölund
Ministry of the Interior
Tel: +358 295488640, +358 504563698

Harri Paldanius
Emergency service of Lapland 
Tel: +358 201311240, + 358 407654967


Jari Aalto
Administration of the province of Lapland

Rescue Department
Tel: +358 718762560, +358 405200486


Hannu Rantanen
Senior specialist
Tel: +358 505215311


Cecilia Looström 
Swedish Civil Continguencies Agency  
Tel: +46 102405034


Ulrica Fjällman
County Administrative Board of Norrbotten 
Tel: + 46 102255282, + 46 702888551

Julia Fredriksson
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency
Tel: + 46 102405047, + 46 703602033

Sergey Okorokov
EMERCOM of Russia
Tel: +7 4956263580, +7 4956268410


Vladimir Kazakov
EMERCOM of Russia, Murmansk region

Tel: + 7 9211718403


Vladmir Gusev
EMERCOM of Russia, Murmansk region
Tel: + 7 8152999404

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